Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How they made penguins fly

I'm sure many readers are aware of the BBC's 2007 advertisement (released, of course, on April Fools Day!) showing flying penguins. It was developed to advertise the corporation's (then-new) BBC Player software, allowing viewers to stream TV programs to their computers. In case you missed it, here it is.

I was intrigued to find this 'how they did it' background look at the advertisement. Here's how they made it.

Looks like a lot of work went into it - but the result was pretty convincing.



Old NFO said...

Neat videos :-) Bout like the flying pigs video from a few years ago... I didn't realize BBC had been doing the April Fools things that far back!

SiGraybeard said...

The earliest BBC April Fool's day trick I know of is the Spaghetti tree story in 1957. There's a video of it on YouTube There must be more.